Big City Mountaineers Hires Executive Director

Big City Mountaineers Hires Executive Director

10.01.2010– Denver, Colo. – Big City Mountaineers, a nonprofit on a mission to enhance the lives of under-resourced urban teens through transformative outdoor experiences, has appointed a new executive director, Lisa Mattis. Lisa will spearhead the organization’s efforts to serve more youth through its one-to-one wilderness mentoring expeditions with adult volunteers.

Big City Mountaineers is an exceptional organization, and I’m excited to lead this dedicated team. Our programs deliver measurable positive impact on urban teens' lives,” says Mattis. “We are grateful to our sponsors, partners, donors and volunteers for the consistent support they have provided for our programs. Each year, hundreds of dedicated adults support our mission by volunteering with BCM – either participating in a summer expedition or joining one of our Summit for Someone climbs benefiting our programs. “

Prior to this role at Big City Mountaineers, Ms. Mattis was the National Director of Individual Giving at Outward Bound USA. Lisa also has a long history with BCM, having served as a member of the Board of Directors and participating as an adult volunteer on BCM’s week-long wilderness expeditions.

Skip Yowell, BCM Board member and founder of Jansport comments, “The Board feels confident in our future and in Lisa’s unique ability to provide vision and direction. We’re looking forward to continuing to impact in the lives of under-served urban youth.”

BCM Board president Jeff Weidman adds, “Our goal at BCM is to transform the lives of as many kids as we can through wilderness experiences with caring adult mentors. We’re thrilled to have the kind of leadership, skills and expertise that Lisa brings in fundraising and relationship-building. In lock-step with our stakeholders, we look forward to taking BCM to the next level.”

Lisa joins BCM at an exciting time as BCM is launching its 2011 Summit for Someone program with a full lineup of benefit climbs, with registration open on October 1, 2010. Summit for Someone climbers take on two challenges - climbing a majestic peak and raising money to underwrite BCM’s programs that provide more kids with life-changing outdoor experiences.

About Big City Mountaineers

BCM is devoted to working exclusively with under-resourced urban teens by using the outdoors as a transformational element in their lives. BCM delivers life-changing outdoor experiences to hundreds of teens every year with a unique curriculum focused on improving self-esteem, motivation, decision-making, and communications skills. BCM runs its recreational mentoring program in selected urban centers throughout the country, with program areas in Denver, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Minneapolis and the San Francisco Bay Area. BCM also runs Summit for Someone; a series of benefit climbs that support the BCM mission. Learn more at and